Man United coach Louis Van Gaal has conceded that the £36m fee paid to sign former Monaco striker Anthony Martial is “ridiculous”.
Van Gaal was speaking to an audience of executive United season ticket holders on Wednesday, and revealed his thoughts on the signing as well as various other topics related to the club.
“It was a ridiculous amount of money, but it’s the crazy world we are in.
“United are routinely quoted £10m more for a player but I have not bought Martial for me. I have bought him for the next manager of Manchester United.”
With assistant Ryan Giggs sat alongside him, the Dutchman revealed his belief that the Welshman will become the next manager of the club after he leaves at the end of next season.
Van Gaal added that he was left impressed with the former winger’s assessment of the squad when the pair met after the World Cup last year, and Giggs has continued to work alongside him throughout their time together with a view of one day stepping up into the big role.